Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Pietro Yon Biography Added

Pietro Yon Biography Added I have added our capsule biography of Pietro Yon to the Biographies page. It’s a short and informational one-page article on Yon’s life and work. Biographies Page After reading it, if you are interested in more … Continue reading

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To Robert Elmore from CDJ

To Robert Elmore from CDJ Today, I just have to tell you about a piece I’m working on. If you remember James Burke’s great series called “Connections,” my memories of it and meeting the author is what brought this one … Continue reading

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Good Lord! Can We *Please* Build Roofs that Don’t Leak?

Water Leak Damages Chautauqua Institution Pipe Organ I don’t have much comment here: Aaaaarrrrrrggggghh! After all the mess with rebuilding the place, this? I was there to hear Jared in 2014, and I didn’t think the auditorium needed rebuilding; this … Continue reading

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Very Deserving Components of Our Musical Patrimony

I just wanted to say “Thank You” for making these compositions available to the public again.  I also want to commend you for preserving these very deserving components of our musical patrimony, and for making them accessible to us so … Continue reading

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Learn About Carl Rossini Diton

Learn About Carl Rossini Diton Carl Rossini Diton was born on October 30, 1886 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied music with his father, Samuel James Diton, followed by music study at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received a … Continue reading

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It Will Be Fun to Try to Play It All Myself!

“Thanks. I look forward to receiving it.  When I was at school, I used to accompany this piece on the piano as we had several good violinists who liked to play it.  It will be fun to try to play … Continue reading

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I Especially Like the PDF Pieces

“Yes, I am confident about my purchase and I like your site. I especially like the PDF pieces, as I live in The Netherlands.” —Netherlands

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Fantastic March to Faulkes’s Spring towards A Sweet Chariot in Perpetual Motion

February’s announcement contains my first restoration of that great Italian organist, Enrico Bossi, in his arrangement of the music of Paganini, the great violin virtuoso. Also included is the first of three by Richard Ellsasser and the first by a … Continue reading

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You Want Hymntunes or What?

You Want Hymntunes or What? I am working on a piece with these tunes shown below included. I will tell you that it was published by The Boston Music Company in 1944 so you know it’s legit. 🙂 The subtitle … Continue reading

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Gatty Sellars and the Grand Organ Recital

Gatty Sellars and the Grand Organ Recital In 1915, Gatty Sellars began his return transcontinental recital tour in the United States. Since very few of us can remember this series of concerts, it is interesting to peruse a program from … Continue reading

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